CBC Foundation Awards Innovative Teaching Grant To CBC Faculty

Headline: CBC Foundation Awards Innovative Teaching Grant To CBC Faculty

Coastal Bend College (CBC) is committed to enhancing the general instruction of students in academic and workforce courses. Through innovative instruction methods, CBC Faculty has the opportunity to provide students with an engaging learning environment. Through innovative instructional methods, students are not confined to a traditional college lecture/lab setting.

Each year, the CBC Foundation accepts submissions for Innovative Teaching Grants from CBC academic and workforce faculty members at the Beeville, Alice, Kingsville and Pleasanton locations. The submitted proposals are reviewed and selected by the CBC Foundation Board of Directors.

The Foundation would like to congratulate CBC Adjunct Instructor Taylor Tomlin on being selected as the fall 2016 Innovative Teaching Grant recipient. He plans to use the Innovative Teach Grant to assist four CBC students in their undergraduate research project. The undergraduate research project, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Micro-g NExT Challenge, challenges students to design, build and test a tool/device that addresses an authentic, current space exploration challenge.

Each of the students who are participants in this project will have the opportunity to experience: hands-on engineering design, test operations and educational/public outreach. The four CBC students who are participating in the undergraduate research project have chosen to construct an anchoring device that would assist astronauts who are taking part in space exploration missions.

Test operations for the completed project(s) are conducted in the simulated microgravity environment of the NASA Johnson Space Center Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL). The completed prototype will be tested by professional NBL divers and CBC students will have the opportunity to direct the divers from the test conductor room, which is housed inside of the NBL facility.

Once the project is complete and has been tested, the students will present their findings to the College. The project literature, prototypes, models and final product will be on display in the Fred C. Latcham, Jr. Academic-Science Building.

For more information regarding the CBC Foundation or Innovative Teaching Grant, please contact the CBC Foundation Executive Director Madeline Madden at (361) 354-2520 or via email at mmadden@coastalbend.edu.

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